NDP holds onto Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
As was widely expected, the NDP’s Melanie Mark has won in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, retaining what is considered one of the NDP’s safest seats in the province.
She took the vote with a 60% share, over three thousand votes more than her closest opponent, Green candidate Pete Fry.
It was one of only two ridings the NDP held onto in the in 2001, when the party was wiped out to all but two seats.
Mark, who has Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree and Ojibway heritage, will be the first First Nations woman elected to the B.C. legislature.
She brings eight years of experience from the office of the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth.
We’re still waiting on the final tally from the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain riding.
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Wickens, BC NDP upset Liberals in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
In a an upset victory, the NDP’s Jodie Wickens has captured Coquitlam-Burke Mountain for the party.
Wickens eked out the win with 46% of the vote to Isaacs’ 38%, but at one point the two were separated by a mere 33 votes.
But by elections can produce unpredictable results, offering voters the opportunity to “send a message” to the capital without upsetting the balance of power.
Whether that was the case tonight, or a sign of growing NDP power in the area has yet to be seen.
Wickens is an 11-year Coquitlam resident, a parent advocate, and the Executive Director of the Autism Support Network.